Should Commissioner Sheila Lyons Resign after OUI arrest?

Should Sheila Lyons Resign as a Cape Cod County Commissioner?

Elected Officials Must  Be Held to a High Standard

By Walter Brooks

County Commissioner Sheila Lyons was arrested and charged with OUI last week.  This has been widely reported by all Cape media outlets.  Today’s reports include lurid excerpts from the report of arresting officer, Eastham Police Sergeant Mark Haley.

According to the report, Commissioner Lyons told Haley that she had two or three glasses of wine.  Her Breathalyzer test results were .19, .15 and .20 – while the state’s legal blood alcohol limit for driving is .08.

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The worst of it, though, is the report’s description of Lyons losing her balance and then “She started to swing her arms around and wiggle her hips as if she was doing some type of dance move on the side of the road.”

While Lyons pleaded not guilty at her arraignment last week, the Commissioner has told the media this week that she will plead guilty at her next court appearance.

In an ideal society, elected officials are “the best of us.”  The high blood alcohol level reported by the police and the behavior reported by the arresting officer hardly reflect Commissioner Lyons as that ideal.

Should Sheila Lyons resign as County Commissioner? 

If she truly does plead guilty or if she is tried and convicted of these charges, then it is indeed time for her to go.

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